Keeping dogs out of trash seem like a constant problem faced by dog owners. It seems like these buggers can never be satisfied in terms of their hunger or the need to dig through the rubbish. I have already highlighted four methods to keep the dogs out in my previous article. One of the method was buying a dog proof trash can. Readers love that idea and wanted more options in terms of different models and prices. So, this article will focus on recommending a couple of such trash cans. Some of them are considered to be tip proof trash cans while others are have lockable lids.
Editor’s choice: Simplehuman dog proof trash can
The Simplehuman trash can is still my top picks for a dog proof trash can. I have reviewed it before here so I will just briefly go through what I loved about this garbage can. In summary, this simply works because it has a couple of clever designs that prevent dogs from reaching into the rubbish.
First of all, there is a lockable lid to prevent dogs from ever opening the trash can. This is already an effective way to keep your pet out. In addition, this thing has a really heavy base that can prevent small to medium sized dogs from being able to tip them over and make a mess of everything. Finally, you can slot it into tight spaces because of its slim design. In this way, dogs will have difficulty reaching them.
Due to the above, the Simplehuman trash can is really effective at keeping dogs at bay. The only thing is its premium pricing as it might seems expensive for a trash can to cost USD50. However, for a piece of mind, I don’t mind paying a little bit more.
#2: Metal dog proof trash can
For dog owners who have a bit more budget and wants a metal dog proof trash can, this model by the same company, Simplehuman is an excellent choice that you can consider.
The key to keeping the dog out for this model is the step and lid opening mechanism. Most dogs can’t figure out they need to step on the step to open the lid. Even if they could, the trash can is tall enough such that a medium sized dog cannot reach the opening in time before the lid closes.
Another good thing about the step pedal is its placement. By having it on the narrower side, you can slot this slim dog proof trash can into tight corners that your dogs can’t reached easily. This is another way to keeping your dog out of the trash can.
Finally, you can also locked the lids when you are out to ensure that your dogs can’t touch the trash 100%.
Besides keeping the dogs out, one reason why you might want to buy a metal trash can is for its stylish look and durability. In this case, you wouldn’t be disappointed. This model is made of high quality stainless steel that can last you more than 5 years. If you discount the price with the number of years this thing can last, it is probably not as expensive as you think.
The design is also one of the most stylish in the market. It looks really good when placed in a modern kitchen. The finishing is finger print proof so it wouldn’t have too many prints on the surface. If there are, a simple swipe can easily remove them so they look as new as when they were first purchased.
In terms of capacity, this is a 13 gallon dog proof trash can which can hold quite a bit of trash. In fact, I can’t find a bigger trash can that is also dog proof. Most of the big capacity garbage cans can’t keep the dogs out.
In conclusion, this is a great metal dog proof trash that money can buy. It works well in keeping dogs out and it looks very stylish. It can also last you for quite a number of years so the replacement cost is low. This is only not recommended if you are budget conscious or if you need a really big capacity for trash can.
#3: Cheap dog proof trash can
This brand is called the iTouchless trash can. Like all good dog proof garbage cans, it has a lockable lid that you can use when you are out and your dogs are in. The last thing you want to see when you come home is trash everywhere!
Like the Simplehuman 13 galleon dog proof trash can, it is very durable. Reviewers on Amazon have been using this since 2007 and is still going work. Its latest version has a much quieter operation.
Unlike the Simplehuman, the trash opens via sensor technology rather than the direct pedal approach. This technology is great while it works but it is very frustrating when it doesn’t. From the reviews on Amazon, there are cases when the sensor simply stops working and you either can’t open the lids or the lids will shut and open by itself. Since it is electronic based, it will be hard for you to self repair it.
And the last point is why I didn’t select this brand as my top choice. I believe the technology is not really necessary for a trash can and just creates potential problems that shouldn’t occur in the first place. However, this is not a bad product by any means. Quite the opposite, this is a value of money product as you get a 13 gallon metal dog proof trash can for almost half the price of its nearest competitor.
The 13 galleon non metal dog proof can from SimpleHuman is really one of the best product in this category. It is affordable and it keeps the dog out effectively. For the metal finish that looks more stylish, you can go for another SimpleHuman model and the cheaper iTouchless mode.